News on IVF drugs

When women who are trying to conceive chart their cycles using the Fertility Awareness Method, they can often “see" what’s going on inside their bodies. Charting allows them to determine if they display a normal, healthy menstrual cycle; a normal, healthy ovarian cycle; and a normal, health reproductive hormonal cycle. And there aren’t any side-effects and it’s pretty much free!

The BBC reports that there may be new and safer medication options (specifically kisspeptin) for those choosing to use IVF (invtro fertilization). The current drugs can cause serious side-effects:

  • "About one in every 100 women undergoing usual IVF treatment will develop a severe form of a medical condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome or OHSS. Instead of producing a few eggs as desired, the ovaries go into overdrive and produce lots in response to the potent fertility drugs. While most women with OHSS will have mild symptoms and recover, those few with severe OHSS become very ill and can die."

My next “Achieving Pregnancy using Fertility Awareness" class is this Monday, June 24 at Natal to Nest. If you’re not quite ready to try IVF, come learn more than you ever thought you could about your fertility!

Next Class = Monday, June 24 at 6:30pm

Charting your cycle using the Sympto-Thermal Fertility Awareness Method will help to unravel the mystery so many of us feel about our reproductive selves! 

If you’re thinking about getting pregnant or have been trying without success, why not try charting your cycle! I’ll be teaching a “Fertility Awareness to Achieve Pregnancy" class this Monday at Natal to Nest in Highlands Ranch. Space is limited, so register soon… $60/person (your non-charting partner is encouraged to attend for free).

Yaz, Yasmin birth control pills suspected in 23 deaths in Canada

An viable alternative to hormonal contraception is the Sympto-Thermal Fertility Awareness Method (STFAM). I recently discussed the side-effects of synthetic hormones used in contraception like the Pill when I celebrated my 100th Fertility Awareness Method chart.

I love teaching more and more women how to avoid pregnancy naturally! We can meet one-on-one or at my next class on Thursday, July 18 at 6pm. Register at Blossom Wellness Center by calling 303-954-9399 ($40/person, $50/couple).

TTC - Why Charting Your Cycle Can Help You Get Pregnant!

If you feel like your body’s fertility is a big mystery to you, it doesn’t have to be that way! Learning to chart your cycle using the Fertility Awareness Method will help you answer some pretty important questions:

  • “Am I ovulating?" 
  • "Is my period late because I’m pregnant or because I’m stressed out?"
  • "Is this a late period or a miscarriage?" 
  • "Why can’t I get pregnant?" 
  • "Is my vaginal discharge supposed to be like this?" 
  • "How many times do I ovulate each cycle?”

Charting can help you consciously conceive your child, know the optimal time for conception to occur, and have useful information to present to health care providers & alternative practitioners. 

I’ll be teaching a “Fertility Awareness to Achieve Pregnancy" class on Monday, June 24 at 6:30pm at Natal to Nest in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Register online at Natal to Nest or by phone 303-221-6378 ($60/couple)

Come find out how you can easily answer all those questions about your body’s fertility!

Preconception Nutrition

Aside from reducing stress, eating a plant-based, whole-foods diet is a great way to boost your fertility. Basically, our bodies are designed to try and “get us pregnant" every cycle. If there are outside factors (like stress, poor nutrition, repeated illnesses, etc.) telling our bodies “this isn’t a good time to get her pregnant," then conceiving might be a bit more challenging.

"Real Food for Mother & Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby’s First Foods" by Nina Planck is a great place to start. The rule-of-thumb is to eat REAL food… what our great-grandmothers would have recognized as food ;)

Two things to keep in mind… avoiding the “dirty dozen" and eating low-mercury fish. The dirty dozen includes foods in which we eat the skin or the skin is thin (and potentially covered in pesticides): apples, bell peppers, blueberries, celery, cherries, grapes (imported), kale, nectarines (imported), peaches, potatoes,  spinach/lettuce, and strawberries. It’s best to buy these organic and/or local. Low-mercury fish choices (so our body doesn’t store heavy metal poisons) include arctic cod, anchovies, catfish, clam, crab, oyster, sardine, scallop, shrimp, tilapia, trout, and wild salmon (http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx).

Yum! Eating for 1 so that eventually you’re “eating for 2" can taste really good!

Why Cervical Fluid is #1!

When women first learn to chart using the Fertility Awareness Method, more often than not, they seem to use their Basal Body Temperature (BBT) as the most important fertility sign… but it’s not!

I can understand (and even relate) as to why that is… it’s a number you can record… it’s objective… it’s black and white… there’s no guesswork. But in the end, it’s retrospective… it’s what’s happened “back there" and when charting cycles, we want to know what’s “going to happen," particularly when ovulation is about to occur. We want to know when we’re fertile (ovulation is just around the corner) and when we’re not fertile (ovulation is still far off or it happened awhile ago).

That’s where the importance of charting Cervical Fluid (CF) comes into play. For a variety of reasons, CF is the definition of fertility! But a lot of women are confused about interpreting their CF and what it means. There can be a lot of, “I’m pretty sure I’m not fertile, but I’m not certain." That’s why finding an instructor that’s qualified to teach the FAM is so important! If you’re confused about what your CF is and means, I encourage you to find the answers to your questions by coming to one of my classes or finding a teacher in your area. Our Cervical Fluid is speaking a language, we just have to learn how to be a part of the conversation!

Am I fertile or not fertile today?

While using the Fertility Awareness Method for avoiding pregnancy or trying to conceive, this is the question women ask themselves each day: “Am I fertile or not fertile today?" The answer should be either yes or no. If it’s ever… I don’t think so… or I’m not sure… or maybe… then something’s up!

Aside from reading great books like Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler and Garden of Fertility by Katie Singer, there aren’t a lot of resources to help women answer this question. In addition to the classes that I teach, I offer one-on-one consultations which is a great way for a woman to read, interpret, and understand her body even better. Books can’t offer that… phone apps can’t offer that… online groups can’t offer that.

My hope is that if you’re looking for accurate information about your body, that you can find it. And I would welcome the opportunity to be of assistance to you!